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Senior Management Team

Helga has been with the LDA-YR since 2008.
Helga is involved with the management, development and restructuring of all programs and services.
As Executive Director Helga:

  • ensures that the Mission Statement of the agency is promoted through the services provided;
  • ensures consistent application of practices and policies as they relate to service provision;
  • participates in Agency Strategic planning;
  • manages Special Program Projects; and
  • plays a role in fund development for the agency.

Helga has a background in Child Development and Education as well as a Human Resources Management Degree. Helga is currently the alternate of SEAC with the York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) She has been a member of the Executive committee with York Region Association for Volunteer Administrators since 2014 and is also a member of the Provincial AVA (PAVRO).

Helga is also a Certified Resource Facilitator with the LDAO (2014) has received a Certificate from York Entrepreneurship Development Institute for Non-for-Profit Program for Entrepreneurship Development (2015), she was also the first recipient for the Bhayana Family Foundation Award for leadership trough the United Way of Toronto-York Region (2013).

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helga.sirola@ldayr.org

Stephanie joined the LDAYR team in 2011. As Program Manager, Stephanie oversees the administration, development, and restructuring of programs and services. Through a passion for public outreach Stephanie acts as a liaison with community partners to ensure effective service delivery initiatives and advancements. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Honors degree from York University (2012) and was certified as a Resource Facilitator with LDAO (2014). Stephanie is currently a Representative for the York Catholic District School Board’s Special Education Advisory (SEAC) Committee (2015), Integrated Accessibility Standards Committee (2015), and Learning Disabilities Steering Committee (2016).

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stephanie.gatti@ldayr.org

Cassandra has been with the LDA-YR team since March 2016 as the Community Development Coordinator. She is responsible for the tutor program, as well as managing all office and special event volunteers and assists with the SOAR program facilitation. Cassandra holds the position of Staff Liaison for the LDA-YR Events Committee. She has graduated from Humber College with an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration as well as Human Resource Management. She is a Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) and is certified as a Resource Facilitator with LDAO (2015).

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cassandra.rubletz@ldayr.org

Nina joined the LDAYR team in 2011. In her current role she assists the Tutor Program, SoAR, Strategies for life and Youth Forum as well as the Resource Library. Nina also is the Program Coordinator for the Social Skills Program; she manages the Fall, Winter and Spring Social Skills Programs, as well as Summer Camps. Nina is a crucial support for the office and tutor volunteers.Nina has a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Honors degree from York University and is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Nina was also certified as Resource Facilitator with the LDAO (2014) and has joined the York Region Association for Volunteer Managers (YRAVA)

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nina.safary@ldayr.org

Renée joined the LDAYR in May 2004 as a Resource Facilitator. Renée provides resources for parents and adults with LD/ADHD and the community at large. She is a facilitator for both the Parent Support Group and Parenting Course. Renée supports the Adult programs and SOAR program and organizes the ADD/ADHD seminars, the community outreach (i.e. displays, presentations) on LD and ADHD.Renée worked with the Learning Disabilities Association in the Newmarket-Aurora for 10 years before she made LDAYR her home. Of her 10 years at the Newmarket location she spent 7 years as a volunteer, and 3 years full time as a Resource Facilitator. Renée is also a mother of two boys with Learning Disabilities. She has had eight years of experience as an Adult Educator, ten years of experience as a Family Therapist, and four years of experience as a Nursery School Teacher.

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resource@ldayr.org

Melissa joined the LDAYR team in March 2008 as the part-time Financial Consultant. She maintains all of the financial record for the various programs and provides monthly reporting to the Board of Directors. Melissa ensures that all government reports are submitted and assists with the financial aspects of funding applications. She graduated from Georgian College in 2001 with a diploma in Business Administrative Accounting.  After working in the corporate world for 5 years, Melissa decided it was time for a change and opened her own bookkeeping business. She has actively been working for the past 5 years with numerous charities and non profit organizations across York Region.
Lynn began her journey within LDAYR as a volunteer on the Board of Director in 1979 as Program Coordinator, then Vice President, then became president in 1981. In 1985 Lynn became the first Executive Director. She has been involved with the association for 38 years at the local, provincial, and national levels. Lynn is accredited by LDAO as an Intake Resource Facilitator, Advocacy/Appeals Facilitator, and SEAC Representative. She has represented learning disabilities and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder on numerous committees/task forces on education, health, social and legal issues throughout York Region, Ontario, Canada, and the United States. Her work also has been acknowledged through several awards.Lynn has led numerous workshops and training on learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivty disorder, advocacy training, communication skills, volunteer board development, strategic planning etc. to parents, professional groups and community agencies. Her involvement in the LD Association has led her to be an effective advocate for her sons, who have LD and ADD, as well as other people with disabilities.